About the Tri-State Trek
What is the Tri-State Trek?
Traditionally, the Tri-State Trek is a two-day, three-state bike ride that
begins in Durham, NH and travels through New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. The Trek features
a 200-mile ride with over 350 participants and has raised over $10 million for ALS research. At their
own pace, riders cycle a tri-state marked course starting at the University of New Hampshire traveling
through back roads and ocean side. Year after year, riders, crew, and volunteers return to visit their
“Trek Family” and new faces share their stories and join the fight.
Who can participate in the Tri-State Trek?
Anyone and everyone! Whether you are an experienced cyclist signing up for the full ride or a fierce
supporter signing up for Trek Your Way experience, anyone can participate! The best part about the
Tri-State Trek is that it is a ride, not a race! While we recommend that all
cyclists have experience biking, this is open to cyclists of all levels. We strongly advise using the
ALS TDI training plan to build up the endurance needed to complete the ride. The Trek Your Way option
allows you to create a challenge all your own making it the perfect way for family and friends to get
involved that have not been able to participate in the Trek in the past.
How many people participate in the Tri-State Trek annually?
We expect to have around 350 participants annually. This includes 250 in person cyclist and 100 virtual participants.
Who is able to join a team?
Being a part of a Team at the Tri-State Trek is one of the cornerstones of the
event. Various team members have the option to participate in the Trek through any registration option
they prefer, including crew members, virtual riders, and in-person cyclists. New teammates will have
the opportunity to choose your existing team or create a new team at registration. New teams can be
created at any time and new registrants will still be able to join your existing teams. Don't have a
team? Join Team ALS TDI! All are welcome!
What is the ALS Therapy Development Institute?
The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) is the world's foremost drug discovery lab
focused solely on ALS. As a nonprofit biotech we operate without regard to profit or
politics. Led by drug development experts and people with ALS, our Watertown, Massachusetts-based
lab is funded by a global network of supporters unified to end ALS. Our mission is to discover
and develop effective treatments for ALS.
I'm interested in riding the Tri-State Trek, but I'm concerned about training. What should I do?
Whether you're riding 30 or 200 miles, you need to train. Our comprehensive 12-week Training Guide
will help you get started and we can connect you with an experienced Trek rider if you have
questions. It's not easy but you can do this!
What type of support is offered on the Tri-State Trek?
The Tri-State Trek is a fully supported ride featuring bright directional signs
along the entire route, ride marshals for assistance and a hotline is available in case of a flat tire,
fatigue, or emergency. Rest stops are located every 15-20 miles to allow cyclists the opportunity to rest,
fill their water bottles, use the restroom, snack, stretch, etc. The Tri-State Trek
team provides all accommodations, luggage transportation between locations, bike techs, food and beverage,
What happens if I start the race but I do not think I will be able to finish due to health reasons?
While it is everyone's goal to complete the ride, sometimes things do not go according to plan and
that's okay! It is not a requirement to finish the ride if a cyclist decides to stop. Cyclists will
need to report this to ALS TDI staff if he/she/they make this decision.
Can I rent a bike for the Tri-State Trek?
Yes, we are currently finalizing details with a rental company in New Hampshire. We hope to be able to
provide more information soon.
What are my in-person registration options for the Trek?
In-person, cyclists have the option to register as a 1-day or 2-day cyclist.
What should we expect for the weekend of the Tri-State Trek?
The festivities begin with an optional early check-in and Welcome Dinner on Friday, June 23rd at the
University of New Hampshire. The official ride will begin the following morning on Saturday, June 24th,
and conclude on Sunday, June 25th. All meals and lodging are included throughout the weekend. Along
the route, cyclists can expect fully stocked rest stops every 15-20 miles, clearly marked directional
signs to follow, a dedicated crew, and more! On Saturday, June 24th, we will host the renowned
“We Are Trek Family” program, where we will present the annual Tri-State Trek
awards, the famous Saturday Night Trek Open-Mic night, and more. The ride concludes on Sunday, June 25th
with a large celebration of the weekend.
What are the accommodations for crew and cyclists?
The Tri-State Trek utilizes local college dormitories along the route for overnight
accommodations. Both Friday and Saturday nights are included in the registration. Rooms will be booked at
double occupancy, with the option to request a private room available for a fee. Registrants are offered
the opportunity to request roommates during registration.
What will the Virtual Tri-State Trek include?
Virtual Tri-State Trek participants can choose to ride in their homes using a stationary
bike/trainer or ride outdoors while practicing social distancing. Riders are encouraged to cycle 200 miles to
replicate the 2-day Tri-State Trek mileage. Cyclists have from May 1-June 30,
2023 to complete their miles.
Virtual Tri-State Trekers will also gain access to several virtual Trek events throughout the season, including
a Trek Together Cycling Day and the “We Are Trek Family” Saturday Night Program. While not required,
we encourage all participants to log their rides on Strava
as a way to connect with others, compete with friends, and enjoy the virtual company of your Trek family!
If I'm a virtual cyclist, can I still do the Tri-State Trek route on my own?
No. Cycling the traditional Tri-State Trek route as a virtual rider is prohibited. Every
town is working hard to continue keeping their community safe and has made specific arrangements for only those
participating in the in-person Trek. Choosing to ride the route jeopardizes our valuable relationships with town
officials and could result in a termination of our partnership.
What will the Trek Your Way include?
Cycling hundreds of miles is HARD! We've added the Trek Your Way participation option so that you can get involved
in whatever way you want! Get creative! As a Trek Your Way participant you can choose to ride, walk, run - whatever
you like! The Trek Your Way option allows for total flexibility and makes it easy for anyone at any age or stage
to get involved!
Trek Your Wayers will also gain access to several virtual Trek events throughout the season, including a Trek Together
Cycling Day and the “We Are Trek Family” Saturday Night Program. While not required, we encourage all
participants to log their rides on Strava
as a way to connect with others, compete with friends, and enjoy the virtual company of your Trek family!
What is Strava and how do I use it to track distance?
Strava is a social network for athletes! Using the Virtual Tri-State Trek Strava Page
as well as the Trek Your Way Strava Pages
, cyclists can post about their ride and interact with other
Tri-State Trek cyclists as they complete their ride. While not required, we strongly
encourage all Tri-State Trek participants to stay socially engaged as they are completing their ride/challenge!
Create a free account and use the orange plus symbol to upload an activity.
Is there a specific date range or deadline that I need to complete my miles within?
Virtual Tri-State Trek participants are encouraged to complete their
pledged miles between May 1, 2023 and June 30, 2023.
What happens if I do not ride all of the miles?
Just like the traditional Tri-State Trek, it is not a requirement to finish the ride or
complete all the miles. However, participants will have a greater amount of time to reach their goal so we hope
Crew and Volunteer Registration
What type of crew and volunteer positions are available for the Tri-State Trek?
We can't ride without our dedicated crew and volunteers! 2-day Crew Options include: Registration Crew,
Medical Crew, Rest Stop Crew, Ride Marshals, Takedown Crew, Bike Techs, Lunch Crew, Camp Crew, Spirit Squad,
and Route Support.
Do crew or volunteers pay a registration fee or have fundraising minimums?
No, crew and volunteers are not obligated to fundraise, though additional donations
are always appreciated. The only exception to this is for Spirit Squad Crew Members
who have a $500 required fundraising minimum.
What is the age requirement to be a volunteer for the Tri-State Trek?
Crew and volunteers must be at least 13 years old to volunteer for the event.
What are the fundraising minimums?
2-Day Riders have a required fundraising minimum of $2,500. 1-Day Riders
have a required fundraising minimum of $1,250. 2-Day Young Professionals
Riders (Under 35) have a required fundraising minimum of $2,000. 1-Day
Young Professionals Riders (Under 35) have a required fundraising minimum of $1,000.
Virtual cyclists have a required fundraising minimum of $1,000. Trek Your Way
registrants have a suggested fundraising minimum of $500. All
Tri-State Trek participants have until October 29, 2023, to reach
their fundraising minimums. Every dollar raised at the Trek goes toward finding effective treatments and cures for
ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.
Can I go above the fundraising minimum?
Of course you can! Any and all donations are appreciated and being put to immediate use in the lab.
What are the dedicated miles?
The Dedicate a Mile program allows you to select a mile a on mile stretch along the
Tri-State Trek route and dedicate it to a loved one. Dedications are
shown at the in-person event, on the interactive route map and on social media. Your loved
one will then be recognized on the interactive route map featured on this page. All members
of the community are welcome to join us by acknowledging someone special to you and inspiring
those who are riding to #EndALS. Visit https://als.net/dedicateamile
for more information.
Who will receive a Trek Jersey? How do I get a Trek Jersey?
Both In-Person and Virtual Tri-State Trek participants will receive a limited
edition 2023 cyclist's jersey. In-person riders will receive their jersey at
registration on June 23rd-24th.
Virtual riders will have their jerseys mailed to their homes before the event.
How do I get a Trek T-Shirt?
Special edition 2023 Tri-State Trek t-shirts will be available
for purchase in registration for a $25 fee. All registered crew members
will receive a t-shirt free of cost.